Coalition reiterates rejection of dangerous developments in Aden

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-08-08 | Since 4 Month

((SB gunmen at Commander Yafeie funeral in Aden))

The Saudi-led coalition reiterated Wednesday its decisive rejection of the dangerous developments in the Yemeni southern port city of Aden, seat of the internationally-recognized government.

The coalition command is anxiously following the developments in Aden, said the coalition spokesman in a statement.

The coalition will not accept any misuse of the Yemeni people's interests, Turki al-Maliki added, calling all parties to listen to reason and work with the Yemeni official government in order to cope with the critical stage.

He warned against giving an opportunity to the "terrorist lurking Houthi militias, Qaeda and Daesh who ignited the fire of sedition among Yemeni people."

His warning comes after Wednesday armed clashes leaving three people killed and nine injured in vicinity of the presidential palace in Crater district, to the east of Aden.

Clashes were sparked Wednesday, between the Emirati-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the Saudi-backed presidential guard, following an attempt by STC supporters to storm the palace at the funeral of Commander Muneer al-Yafeie, who was killed in Houthi missile attack.

Houthis and other terrorist groups, who killed Yafeie and other martyrs,  are the only beneficiary of these events, as they already destroyed Aden in 2015, the Saudi envoy to Yemen, Mohamed Al Jabir tweeted.

The Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs labeled the palace developments as worrying, and called for easement as "escalation cannot be reasonable option following the terrorist mean act."

"Political course, contacts and dialogue are necessary for tokens and accumulations that cannot be solved by use of force," Anwar Gargash added.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

Southern separatists have exploited Yemen's war to enhance their presence, backed by the United Arab Emirates.

The STC has local forces trained and armed by the United Arab Emirates, the key partner of Saudi Arabia in leading the Arab coalition. But such forces do not answer to the official government, make enemies of Muslim Brethren and other Islamic groups, and controls many southern cities and districts.

The UAE-supported STC was established in May 2017 and consists of Yemeni southern bodies calling for separation from the north and restoration of south state that existed before Yemeni Unification in 1990.



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